"Waiting for 'Superman'" Inspires iSchool Initiative Student Movement
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 9, 2010 After being inspired by the documentary "Waiting…
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Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 9, 2010
After being inspired by the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'", the student movement, ignited by Travis Allen's iSchool Initiative, kicked off their nationwide seminar series in Utah last week. The student led, non-profit organization has ambitious plans to take their vision of a 21st century classroom directly to students and educators across the country.
"We are students attempting to change education as we know it" says Travis Allen, Founder and CEO of the iSchool Initiative.
Kearns High School recently adopted the iSchool Initiative's vision and gave 1700 iPod Touches to the student body. The Utah school was the first to invite Travis and his team to help kick start their mobile learning program with seminars for both faculty and students on Friday, November 5th.
"After watching the original iSchool Initiative video", we knew it was the type of program we wanted at our school" said Rachel Murphy, the library media specialist at the school. "The iSchool Initiative presentation was phenomenal. Students were excited and motivated to use the educational applications the team demonstrated. Finally we have the possibility of meeting student needs with the tools and the 21st century ways in which they want to learn."
During the seminar, Travis Allen informed the students that the eyes of the nation would be on them. "You will be playing a critical role in whether or not other schools and students adopt mobile learning programs. Today you have the opportunity to help change the face of public education in America!"
Having recently graduated from the public education system less than two years ago, Travis was deeply moved by David Guggenheim's ground breaking film "Waiting for 'Superman'". "It brought me back to the reason I formed the iSchool Initiative in the first place", said Travis. "There is a growing disconnect between our public education system and students."
Currently a sophomore at Kennesaw State University, Travis found the perfect environment to breath new life into his burgeoning organization when he joined the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program on campus.
"We believe students must embrace life long mobile learning skills to stay relevant and competitive in the information age." said Dr. Roberts, head of the Students in Free Enterprise program (SIFE) at KSU. "We are committed to supporting the iSchool Initiative's vision and proud to have Travis Allen and his team on campus".
The iSchool Initiative is a student led, non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the vision and fulfilling the promise of a 21st century classroom. Their mission is to inspire and educate students on how to become life long digital learners in the information age.
To learn more about the iSchool Initiative's inspiring new seminar series, visit their website at www.ischoolinitiative.com.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.